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Saturday, July 20 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Turning Point: A Call for Humane Technology

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While we’ve been upgrading our technology we’ve been downgrading humanity. This is the turning point. Join us in a deep discussion about the way forward toward a more humane technology.
The extractive attention economy is tearing apart our shared social fabric.The mismatch between our natural human sensitivities and the exponentially growing power of technology opens the door to massive extraction and monetization of our thoughts, emotions, and actions—generating a slew of harmful side effects, such as:
  • Shorter attention spans
  • Outrage over dialogue
  • Addicting our children
  • Polarizing democracies
  • Turning life into a competition for likes and shares 
While we’ve been upgrading our technology
we’ve been downgrading humanity.
The Way ForwardThis is a historic moment– never before has technology had the power to so profoundly change the beings that create it. We are at a turning point where we can either allow that power to continue unchecked, or contain it by building Humane Technology that protects our minds and replenishes society.
Humane Technology requires that we understand our most vulnerable human instincts so we can design compassionately to protect them from abuse.
We envision a world where Humane Technology is the default for all technology products and services. A combination of new design processes, new goals and metrics, new organizational structures, and new business models would drastically reduce harmful externalities, actively supporting our individual and collective well-being.
Center for Humane Technology cofounder, Aza Raskin, will present an overview of CHT's proposal and then engage in a deep dialogue about this turning point and our roles moving forward.



Tristan Harris

Founder, Center for Humane Technology
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Aza Raskin

CoFounder, Earth Species Project
Aza Raskin helped build the web at Mozilla as head of user experience, was named to Inc and Forbes 30-under-30 and became the Fast Company Master of Design for his work founding Massive Health, a consumer health and big data company. The company was acquired by Jawbone, where he was... Read More →

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyper Lounge Mesh Hall